Looks like we have a family feud not seen on Slabbed since the Kern fiasco (Updated)

By now everyone has certainly heard of the Benson family feud and I’m not gonna rehash it much. I will say that through time, I’ve developed dossiers of sorts on the entire gang and indeed once invited ol’ Tom out to play on these pages. This type of institutional knowledge comes in handy when the fur begins to fly so this has potential.

I can attest first hand that Tom Benson and his lovely wife Gayle do adore the fairgrounds and the old guy has enough loot where he could pass gas and own the whole thing in a few seconds but NFL rules prohibit gambling related businesses so we’ll will give Mr. B and Mrs B. the benefit of the doubt on that one, especially since Benson’s staff of seasoned lawyers and CPAs keep him out of such mudholes.

If only the Saints front office could produce similar results in the NFL draft. In any event stories of Granddaughter Rita being a spoiled brat have been circulating since 2012 in the national media.

Finally I once again recommend the Grand Master for those seeking comedic relief via twitter:

As for the chances of success in this suit all I can say is if there is one thing Slabbed has seen time and again is the impact of star-power on civil litigation. Here is what Jimmy Graham had to say to NOLA.com:

Gayle Benson is one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever met in my entire life. Every day she comes to practice and gives me a smile and a big hug. She emulates everything that Tom Benson has done with the franchise, and I’m excited for her.

Looks like we may need to purchase some popcorn futures on the Merk to insure against popcorn shortages as we follow this and other stories.

Updated for terrible editing.

Louisiana Miscellany: Money talks…….

Forbes: Newhouses’ fortune increases ~ Andrew Beaujon

For those that missed it I highly recommend as a companion to the above last night’s episode of Errol and the Noisemakers as Errol and his crack panel of seasoned journalistic professionalsTM were on fire last night.

Last year’s restructure of the Times Picayune along with the advent of the Lucky Coin Today has resulted in the Balkanization of the local media congroovancy (to borrow a term from Editilla). Worth noting is Tom Benson cuddled up with the Newhouse clan while the folks at Team Georges are nestled in with Belo soon to be Gannett’s Channel 4 WWL TeeVee. The term Balkanized is appropriate here because of the twisted sub alliances with certain new media/alternative media outlets. Why anyone else would allow themselves to be Balkanized by the likes of Tom Benson and John Georges is completely beyond me but I do find it is eerily reminiscent of the following:

Slabbed will remain like Switzerland and continue on as before.  Now for some other links:

Kenner hired private investigator to track city employee ~  Adriane Quinlan

Jefferson Parish Council defines why it hired lowest-ranked law firm with highest-contributions, to complaints from citizen group ~ Adriane Quinlan

Follow the money to Cossich, Sumich, Parsiola & Taylor and the reason Burglass & Tankersley got this work comes far clearer focus according to talk amongst the Winos and Gutter Punks at Lafreniere Park.

Judge mulling key pretrial decisions in Katrina flooding lawsuit in Jefferson Parish ~ Paul Purpura

It appears we are to the cut on this suit as it involves the continued participation of former Goatherder in Chief Aaron Broussard in this litigation. Mount Hermon indeed. Continue reading “Louisiana Miscellany: Money talks…….”

Hey Chris – I’ll publish you anytime ;-)

Tight budget? Tightwad ownership?

Citing a tightening newsroom budget, WVUE dismisses commentator Chris Rose ~ Dave Walker

Or maybe it was because Rose left the Tom Benson’s reservation during the relentless media pump of the Super Bowl.

A January commentary wasn’t glowingly positive about the pending Super Bowl 2013 in New Orleans. The station is owned by an NFL owner, Tom Benson. Rose connects the dots:

The commentary was, “by my standards, lightweight – it was anything but a rant,” he said. “It was a cautionary tale about city spending prior to the Super Bowl, looking at the expensive palm trees downtown while people in Gentilly are still waiting to get their sidewalks rebuilt from Katrina.”

There is one media outlet where dissent is not only tolerated, but encouraged where sacred cows are not allowed.

First Val Bracy and now Chris Rose enter Tom Benson’s chop shop as the reasons for the lack of news coverage of Tom Benson’s buddies in Jefferson Parish comes into much sharper focus.

My God Man! JEDCO is like shooting fish in a barrel and this is the best you can come up with?

I got a bat signal from my all things JEDCO source, who was amused that Lee Zurik went after ye ol’ TBL and former executive director Lucien Gunter stiffing the taxpayers for a few drinks. The big story is in the emails Metairie based developer Henry Shane is trying to cover up what sources describe as JEDCO engaging in partisan political activity with respect to the last set of Jefferson Parish School Board elections. This would be illegal/prohibited on two different levels.

I’m told Shane’s relationship with Jefferson Parish Councilwoman Cynthia Lee Sheng and the comprehensive ordinance on Fat City business zoning is also very fertile ground for exploration.

Lee better be careful because he is tip toeing awfully close to station owner Tom Benson’s social network.

Speaking of Tom Benson I am hearing tales of Benson’s Superbowl party at City Park a couple of weeks back that involve our own Magnum.  Tighten up dude.

Slabbed examines the harassment of private citizens expressing their opinion on Jefferson Parish Corruption: Part 3

Part 2 of this series ended with the allegations contained in the Concrete Busters lawsuit that Fred Heebe, along with several co-conspirators has been waging a coordinated campaign to unmask and otherwise harass internet commenters sharing information on the political scandal in Jefferson Parish.  I’ve always pointed to the first post I did on Aaron Broussard’s curious connections to an Eco lodge in Nova Scotia Canada in January 2010 as the beginning of this saga but it really isn’t as the retaliation didn’t begin in earnest until May, 2010 as the following blast from the past should jog everyone’s memory:

Jefferson Parish president sues his online critics ~ Richard Rainey, The Times Picayune

Interim Jefferson Parish President Steve Theriot Citing defamation and “suffered embarrassment” allegedly caused by online comments posted at www.NOLA.com, Jefferson Parish interim President Steve Theriot has filed a lawsuit requesting the identities behind 11 user accounts on the website.

and this.

The suit was filed by attorneys Nan Alessandra and David Korn of the Phelps Dunbar law firm.

The lawsuit also references messages posted on a local web log called slabbed.wordpress.com, but doesn’t specifically identify any comments, screen names or accounts used there.

“We haven’t actually been contacted by Jefferson Parish at all, as far as official channels,” said Doug Handshoe, who co-founded that site in Mississippi. After reading the lawsuit, he said: “I think it’s certainly designed to intimidate and silence online commenters.

“We don’t intend to alter what we’re doing at all,” he said.

Let’s leave aside for the moment that only the Parish Council has the legal authority to sue on behalf of the Parish or that the taxpayers of Jefferson Parish picked up the tab for TheRiot’s jackassery but it is what it is. Later the same day I would appear on Fox 8 in a Val Bracy report which aired on the 9PM news:

Vaughn Perret and Charles Leary of Trout Point Lodge

By May 2010 everyone that was anyone in the Landfill saga knew who I was including Aaron Broussard and his band of Goatherders. Slabbed continued undaunted and in my opinion February 2011 was our finest month to date as myself and my former blog partner were in rare form and we covered it all from the Rigsby Qui Tam suit to Ex Rel Branch, the Search and seizure fight involving River Birch and then on February 25 the indictment of Henry Mouton.

March, 2011 continued the pace with those and related topics but it was this post on March 31, 2011 that proved to be the last straw for the Goatherders. The bogus DMCA takedown notices began to flow right around the time I tried the first time to make the jump to the self hosted site Slabbed.org.  Also in April, 2011 I announced the formation of Slabbed New Media LLC as the new owner of the blog. April, 2011 is important to this story for another reason: Continue reading “Slabbed examines the harassment of private citizens expressing their opinion on Jefferson Parish Corruption: Part 3”

Let’s chat about the media and Aaron Broussard’s relationship with First Bank and Trust and tie a few things together. Part 1

OK folks it is time to come clean, sort of anyway.  Since late July I have been publishing documents courtesy of my fictional “gabby cousin Slabb O’Leak” that really did not come from him.  😉  Actually some of y’all may have noticed some redactions that are beyond my control but suffice it to say that I have found a literal pot o’ gold of Aaron Broussard personal information, between 80,000 to 90,000 pages of information in fact, including documents like the ones between Broussard and First Bank and Trust that I posted Friday.

I’ll add indeed verily I promise I have every reasonable expectation that there is lots of Goatherder jackassery contained in Slabbed’s Pot o’ Gold and I expect soon to publish full, unredacted versions of the various ownership agreements in ventures Broussard peddled such as La Ferme D’Acadie, Cerro Coyote and perhaps even Rauda House.  Slabbed has learned in the course of its exhaustive and ongoing investigation these documents were previously unknown to the investigative community, a defect I personally cured.

Here at Slabbed the tenets of my investigation follows one rule and one rule only: Follow the money.  Following money plays to my strengths and I have 425,000 reasons to follow the trail in its entirety and frankly I’m content to let the aftermath sort itself out.  Along those lines on Friday we introduced Joe Canizaro to the Slabbed Nation.  Joe is a Biloxi native made good from doing real estate development and is likely a hecto-millionaire somewhere in Tom Benson’s zip code.  Both have papal appearances on their resumes though Benson actually got the pope to genuflect and kiss his Saints Superbowl Ring. Lest I digress because unlike Benson, Canizaro had the power to have Aaron Broussard conduct business for First Bank and Trust on Parish Letterhead.  At the time Broussard was on the Board of Directors of FBT.

But in the course of my inspection of these documents there is another story line that I began developing last month that has since come into very sharp focus and that would be the story of the media, specifically how they handed the then unfolding scandal in Jefferson Parish, the second most populous parish in Louisiana and the most populous of the 7 parish NOLA Metro area.  In particular we examine the TeeVee stations today, which cover events like the Red Dress run in NOLA for charity in-depth, but never have a reporter to spare to cover Parish council meetings. Continue reading “Let’s chat about the media and Aaron Broussard’s relationship with First Bank and Trust and tie a few things together. Part 1”

At the rate he’s going Tom Benson is gonna own us all, lock, stock and barrel…..

My early internet social media experience came with the national financial media, 99% of which are complete sellout corporate whores.  Is the sports beat any different?  I wonder and offer the following two Dave Walker articles on Jim Henderson’s semi-retirement as the exact reason Grand Master Wang exists over at Moosedenied excoriating Legitimate Media™ types on the sports beat:

He says his departure from the local CBS affiliate is a chance to “sample” retirement. He’ll continue as the play-by-play voice of the New Orleans Saints for WWL AM-870. There will likely be other work on the other side, too.

“It’s going to be a lot more freedom,” Henderson said last week. “Channel 4 was really nice to me and wanted to keep me in whatever role I wanted. I just think it’s time…………………

The nature of the work itself has changed over the years, too, and not necessarily for the better. Professional and college teams in all sports have become entertainment enterprises that strive to control their brand. Continue reading “At the rate he’s going Tom Benson is gonna own us all, lock, stock and barrel…..”

’tis a double edged sword……..

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupt absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.”

Tom Benson has a grip on all things sports in New Orleans after snatching up the Hornets

It goes well beyond sports.

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Lots of Garland chatter in the area blogs…..

Clay over at NOLA-dishu is linking some of the new media coverage of the Garland Robinette payola scandal.  Each post lends greater insight into the thinking of the peeps on the state of the media in metro New Orleans.  I’ll chime in and say I agree that Bob Delgorno really stinks so I tune to MPB or slip in a CD when I’m behind the windshield.

The TeeVee is where I depart from Dambala.  Yeah there is competition but each station is sold out in one way shape or fashion.  And while I like reporters like Lee Zurik I wonder what would happen if he pissed in the Cheerios of one of Tom Benson’s cronies.  Val Bracy isn’t gone for nothing folks.  At WDSU Amy Sneed staffs the assignment desk.  Have they done anything on Sis’s hubby Fred Heebe? And at WWL you have the Toolman that is completely dicked into the Aaron Broussard social/business network.  And speaking of Zurik will he ever do anything harder hitting than highlighting a few political hacks misusing credit cards in the JP VFD? The contrast with the person he effectively replaced is striking that way folks.

We’re all subject to cognitive bias and the media including the new media does not have an exemption.  Bernie Goldberg does a good job explaining how it works in his book Bias though I hope by now everyone is smart enough to understand the concepts cut across the entire media, not just the so-called liberal media. In a way Robinette is just the tip of a much larger iceberg folks.

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